Making everyone feel welcome in engineering: key resources

Anthony Haynes writes: Our clients — all organisations for professionals — are drawn from various sectors, one of the most important of which is engineering. So we’d like here to promote LGBTSTEM Day, the second anniversary of which falls on Friday, 5 July. The day provides a great opportunity for employers and other organisations to… Read More

17 ways to make meetings more productive

Anthony Haynes writes: “We’ve got a meeting scheduled”: GROAN. Quite possibly, an even longer groan if it’s an internal meeting. Meetings have, quite justifiably, a strong reputation for wasting time. Yet it doesn’t have to be so. Meetings have long been the focus of research — and the findings from such research indicate things we… Read More

Rethinking talent models — the why and the how: a view from Deloitte University

Anthony Haynes writes: In a previous post we drew attention to Deloitte University Press (DUP), the publishing arm of Deloitte University, which specialises in leadership. DUP has recently been publishing a cluster of reports under the heading of ‘The Future of Work’. One such report is ‘What is the future of work?‘ The value¬† of… Read More

Open plan offices revisited: what is the effect on communication?

Anthony Haynes writes: Back in the early days of this blog (12 Dec 2013), we published a post reporting research on the effects of open plan offices. The research was sceptical about some of the supposed benefits of open plan, including the belief that open formats promote personal communication. ¬†Now a new piece of research,… Read More

The effect of interruptions on productivity: the story that occupational psychology reveals

Anthony Haynes writes: It’s widely known that interruptions affect focus and so are apt to damage productivity. If, say, someone comes over to talk to you, the loss of productivity equates not only to the time taken by the conversation but also by the time taken afterwards to get your mind back in the zone.… Read More